The House of Representative committee on customs has commended the Seme Badagry Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on the pace of development, anti smuggling activities and revenue drive that is taking place in the area command.
The commendation was given when members of the house committee paid a recent visit to the command in Lagos as part of its oversight functions.
Honourable Sabo Muhammed Nakudu, chairman of the committee explained that their visit to the area command was in fulfilment of their constitutional assignment to monitor ongoing projects.
He said, the committee noted with keen interest, development, peace and community relationship between the organisation and its host communities.
Leader and chairman of the committee, Hon. Nakudu, advised the management of the command to ensure that it maintained the culture of abiding by the laid down rules and regulations.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting Controller, D C Agada A.O reiterated the resolved of the Nigeria Customs Services Seme Command to block all areas of revenue leakages, adding that the command has both the human and material capital to man and control the border station of Nigeria and Benin Republic.
According to him, Seme border is a major hub in the trans West African regional trade route, adding that the command are charged with the responsibility of trade control through the following; suppression of smuggling, revenue, collection, trade facilitation without compromising of National Security, ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS), Customs modernisation process and general security duties for overall interest of the country.
The command acting controller said N6.3 billion was collected in the 2011 fiscal year into various governmental account. The collected revenue, according to Deputy Controller Agada, represent Revenue from import duty, fees and other charges or levies collected on behalf of other government agencies.
According to him, the command exceed its 2011 revenue set target of N6 billion by N234,649,157.90.
He noted that during the period under review, a total of 2,805 trucks of ETLS compliant goods with a CIF value of N7,889,885,733.38 were cleared.
The command according to him, also lost a whooping sum of N2,142,146,041.62 revenue to various concessions ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme grants approved by the Federal Government to various organisations operating in the country. While the sum of N72,156,556 was realised as 1 per cent CISS levy.